Prius is a step in the right direction. Tesla model 3 is the jump to the right solution, particularly in stop and go traffic. In Calif., you get to drive in the bus/carpool lane with an electric.
Instead of burning gas while parked on the freeway, the Tesla will only be warming or cooling the passengers, not using hardly any power for movement. It will also creep and steer automatically, freeing you to relax. 320 mile range. It's the best solution for the planet, given that 50% of the CO2 emissions is from vehicles and the other 50% is from power plants.
In NY, your should care about the more frequent and more intense hurricanes. These will only get worse as long as you drive ICE.